Active Vocabulary

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-01-05
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Vocabulary Development.


Helps students build and use strong vocabularies

Active Vocabulary makes the study of vocabulary enjoyable. Through thematic readings, self-tests, and interactive exercises, students can apply their skills to writing, personal experience, art, and many other formats that generate excitement about improving their vocabularies. Each activity plays on individual learning styles to help students learn new words in a large number of contexts.


The Sixth Edition retains the book’s strong visual appeal, as well as its philosophy that an essential part of learning vocabulary is repeated exposure to a word. As a result, it provides eight to ten exposures to each vocabulary word throughout the text, plus additional instances in the review section and flash and word map activities throughout the book. With new readings and words, this edition of Active Vocabulary offers greater exposure to a more diverse wordbase than ever before.


Also available with MyReadingLab™
MyReadingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice what they learn, test their understanding, and pursue a personalized study plan that helps them develop their reading skills and promotes transference of those skills to college-level work. Full-length readings and assignments from the text are available in the eText version of MyReadingLab, strengthening the connection between the classroom and work done outside of class.

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyReadingLab does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyReadingLab, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyReadingLab, search for:
0134445678 / 9780134445670  Active Vocabulary Plus MyReadingLab - Access Card Package

Package consists of:

  • 0133995011 / 9780133995015  MyReadingLab with Pearson eText - Standalone Access Card
  • 013411969X / 9780134119694  Active Vocabulary

Author Biography

Amy E. Olsen grew up in a book-loving household in San Diego, California. While in elementary school, she and her brother competed to read the most books during the library’s summer-reading program, and whenever there was a question about a topic at the dinner table, a set of encyclopedias was within an arm’s reach. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from San Diego State University. She has taught a variety of courses including reading, composition, film, and literature in traditional and online classrooms. Her interests include traveling, hiking, bicycling, reading, gardening, taking photographs, and watching movies. She enjoys combining these hobbies while exploring the world; she has visited every continent and dreams of eventually traveling to every country. She has written four textbooks: Reading NowInteractive VocabularyActive Vocabulary, and Academic Vocabulary. The three vocabulary books came out in sixth editions in 2016.

Table of Contents

Pronunciation Guide


To the Student

Getting Started

Learning Objectives

Parts of Speech

Using the Dictionary

Completing Analogies

Benefits of Flash Cards and Word Maps

Word Wise Features



SECTION I: Student Life

1. On Campus: Study Skills

2. Relationships: Solving Conflicts

3. Entertainment: Enjoying a Night Out

4. Word Parts I

5. Review: Focus on Chapters 1—4


SECTION II: Reading for Pleasure

6. Science Fiction: The Silent Stars

7. Romance: A Knock on the Door

8. Mystery: Missing from the Mound

9. Word Parts II

10. Review: Focus on Chapters 6—9



11. Education: Creating Readers

12. Environmental Science: Endangered Animals

13. Computer Science: Internet Scams

14. Word Parts III

15. Review: Focus on Chapters 11—14

16. English: Writing Tips

17. Political Science: Local Politics

18. Sports Medicine: Avoiding Injuries

19. Review: Focus on Chapters 16—18

20. Nutrition: Healthy Eating

21. City Planning: Public Input

22. Psychology: FAQs on Growing Up

23. Career Development: Resume Building

24. Review: Focus on Chapters 20—23



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Make Your Own Word Maps

Word Reactions

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